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 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

​​Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 1,400 Georgia schools and 27,000 nationwide have been trained in PBIS.  Implementation of PBIS is saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students. (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports).

The Georgia PBIS Strategic Plan

NEW for FY21!

GaDOE Community

GaDOE Community provides a platform for GaDOE teams, school and district staff, RESAs, and other partners within Georgia to discuss ongoing work, engage in professional learning modules, and share ideas. If interested, please click the link to create an account, wait 48 hours to complete the registration process, and sign-in to join the online collaboration with your PBIS colleagues across the state.

Interested in Improving School Climate Through PBIS Implementation? 

State School Climate Specialists

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National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement


The work of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) has become increasingly important, as concerns about school shootings and large-scale natural disasters are increasing in the U.S. Crisis and loss can have unforeseen, lasting psychological, emotional, academic and developmental effects on the well-being of children. Classroom educators and other school professionals are well-positioned, but too often are unprepared to support students and promote long-term recovery and resilience. The NCSCB is here to help. Our vision is a nation of resilient schools, prepared to appropriately respond to and support their students in times of crisis and loss.

The Center's services include:

  • Crisis Response Free, immediate technical assistance as well as training to schools and communities that are responding to crises, with a focus on supporting their students in the short term and throughout long-term recovery.
  • Education and Training Free education materials, as well as expert consultation and trainings for school professionals and communities preparing for or responding to crisis events.
  • Advocacy and Research Promote policies that encourage best practices in crisis response and grief support in schools, and research in the fields of childhood bereavement and disaster preparedness.

District Coordinators recorded PBIS Webinars for Professional Learning!



Important Links

School Climate

The Get Georgia Reading Campaign developed five Early Learning Climate videos created for administrators, teachers, parents, policymakers—anyone with a stake in creating healthy classrooms in Georgia—that show how to apply positive learning climate practices in everyday, real-life classroom scenarios.

We encourage you to use the videos to increase awareness of the importance of positive learning climate practices.

“Georgia Education Leaders Release Videos to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, Positive Learning Environments for All Children”

PBIS in the Classroom

PBIS in the Classroom Modules

These modules are designed to be used with the support of the school PBIS leadership team to integrate PBIS practices in the classroom.  

PBIS Tier II Readiness

The purpose of the following documents is to provide guidance to district leadership teams/school leadership teams that are interested in considering implementation of Tier II PBIS.



Georgia's PBIS LEAs and Schools 

The Georgia Department of Education recognizes districts and schools for supporting positive school climate through the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. The purpose of the recognition system is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of PBIS. To qualify for state recognition, system schools must be in a LEA with active support through a District Leadership Team, District Coordinator, and a district action plan. The LEA must be actively supported by the GaDOE Team and local RESA.       

Recognition Criteria for 2021-2022

Recognition Criteria for 2022-2023

PBIS Resources

The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 is an anonymous survey of students (grades 3-12) who are enrolled in Georgia public schools. The survey includes various questions measuring school safety and school climate. This dashboard summarizes findings of the questions asked in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 survey.
Georgia Insights has developed a user-friendly dashboard to display the results of the Georgia School Climate Star Rating. Each school receives a 1- to 5-star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement.

Georgia utilizes the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) to measure fidelity of PBIS implementation. The TFI gives school leadership teams a single, efficient, valid, and reliable survey to guide implementation and measure the extent to which school personnel apply the core features of PBIS at all three tiers.

Click the link above to view a series of videos on how to complete the TFI that are designed for District Coordinators and School PBIS Leadership Teams!

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 Contact Information

Jason Byars 
Program Manager
School Climate
Phone: 404-657-9953
Sharon Champion
Administrative Support
Phone: (404) 463-9238
FAX: (404) 651-6457
Please contact the GaDOE School Climate Team for more Information on PBIS Implementation  

​​​​​Twitter handle @gadoepbis

 PBIS Annual Reports

 Recorded Georgia PBIS Team Webinars

Archived Webinars

 ‭(Hidden)‬ PBIS News Stories and Events in Georgia